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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A ...

Jean-Dominique Bauby

In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor-in-chief of French Elle, the father of two young childen, a 44-year-old man known and loved for his wit, his style, and his impassioned approach to life. By the end of the year he was also ...

Published: Jan 1998


Lorenzo Carcaterra

Undeniably powerful, an enormously affecting and intensely human story.'--The Washington Post Book World'A GUT-WRENCHING PIECE OF WORK. . . Carcaterra's graphic narrative grips like gunfire in a dark alley.'--The Atlanta Journal & Con...

Published: Mar 1996

Mortuary Confidential: Undertakers Sp...

Todd Harra

When the casket reached the front of the sanctuary, there was a loud cracking sound as the bottom fell out. And with a thump, down came Father Iggy.From shoot-outs at funerals to dead men screaming and runaway corpses, undertakers hav...

Published: May 2010

Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivo...

Deborah Layton

Told by a former high-level member of the Peoples Temple and Jonestown survivor, Seductive Poison is the 'truly unforgettable' (Kirkus Review) story of how one woman was seduced by one of the most notorious cults in recent memory and ...

Published: Nov 1999

Free For All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Ga...

Don Borchert

From The Wall Street Journal to National Public Radio, mild-mannered librarian Don Borchert had America laughing with the hardcover edition of his tell-all memoir that revealed the often startling truth about modern-day libraries. No...

Published: Oct 2008

Tweaked: A Crystal Meth Memoir

Patrick Moore

So begins Patrick Moore's unforgettable account of life as a crystal meth addict--a 'tweaker.' Like a wild ride down Alice's rabbit hole with a guide who is darkly funny and heartbreakingly honest, Tweaked chronicles a twenty year tri...

Published: Jun 2006

Crazy: A Father's Search Through Amer...

Pete Earley

Former Washington Post reporter Pete Earley had written extensively about the criminal justice system. But it was only when his own son- in the throes of a manic episode-broke into a neighbor's house that he learned what happens to me...

Published: Apr 2007

Bare: The Naked Truth about Stripping...

Elisabeth Eaves

Her curiosity began as a teenager, with an awareness of her body and the reaction other people had to it. It continued with the realization that women's bodies often gave them a strange power over men. As an adult, it became a fascina...

Published: Aug 2004

Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declar...

Jenni Schaefer

A unique new approach to treating eating disorders Eight million women in the United States suffer from anorexia nervosa and/or bulimia. For these women, the road to recovery is a rocky one. Many succumb to their eating disorders. L...

Published: Jan 2004

A Hope in the Unseen: An American Ody...

Ron Suskind

It is 1993, and Cedric Jennings is a bright and ferociously determined honor student at Ballou, a high school in one of Washington D.C.'s most dangerous neighborhoods, where the dropout rate is well into double digits and just 80 stud...

Published: Jan 1998

An Unquiet Mind

Kay Redfield Jamison

As a founder of UCLA's Affective Disorder Clinic and a co-author of a standard medical text, Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison may be the foremost authority on manic-depressive illness. She is also one of its survivors. And it is this dual per...

Published: Jan 1995

Prozac Nation

Elizabeth Wurtzel

Painful, poignant, and ultimately triumphant, Prozac Nation is Elizabeth Wurtzel's catharsis--a cry of rage at the chronic depression which has dominated most of her young life. 'A powerful portrait of one girl's journey through the p...

Published: Jan 1995

Crazy Love

Leslie Morgan Steiner

At 22, Leslie Morgan Steiner seemed to have it all: a Harvard diploma, a glamorous job at Seventeen magazine, a downtown New York City apartment. Plus a handsome, funny, street-smart boyfriend who adored her. But behind her façade of...

Published: Mar 2010

Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of S...

Ralph "Sonny" Barger

Narrated by the visionary founding member, Hell's Angel provides a fascinating all-access pass to the secret world of the notorious Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club. Sonny Barger recounts the birth of the original Oakland Hell's Angels a...

Published: Oct 2001

Ridin' High, Livin' Free: Hell-Raisin...

Ralph "Sonny" Barger

An angel spreads his wings. . . . Sonny Barger is the number-one spokesman for the motorcycle experience. His New York Times bestseller, Hell's Angel, was an exhilarating history of his adventures with the world's most notorious mo...

Published: May 2003

Double Down: Reflections on Gambling ...

Frederick Barthelme

Double Down is a true story, a terrifying roller-coaster ride deep into the heart of two men, and into the world of floating Gulf Coast casinos. When both of their parents died within a short time of each other, the writers Frederick ...

Published: May 2001

The Wilder Shores of Love

Lesley Blanch

The book that inspired generations of writers, readers, and travelers, from the author who Philip Mansel considered "a true original."

Published: Oct 2010

Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable R...

Frank Brady

Acclaimed biographer Frank Brady traces the meteoric ascent—and confounding descent—of enigmatic chess genius Bobby Fischer.Endgame is acclaimed biographer Frank Brady’s decades-in-the-making tracing of the meteoric ascent—an...

Published: Jan 2012

Just Checking

Emily Colas

As my friend the heroin addict says, 'You're only as sick as your secrets.'Emily Colas -- young, intelligent, well-educated wife and mother of two -- had a secret that was getting in the way of certain activities. Like touching people...

Published: Jun 1999

Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on ...

Kevin Cook

"The ultimate hustler . . . a rollicking tale."—Sports IllustratedThis "raucous retelling of the life of a consummate gambler, grifter and quintessential American character" (Kirkus Reviews) introduces Alvin &quo...

Published: Nov 2011

I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can

Barbara Gordon

Barbara had it all: a successful career as an award-winning documentary film maker, a strong relationship, and plenty of friends. But a lingering problem with anxiety drew her into a dangerous Valium addiction. Her story is an hones...

Published: Oct 2011

Girl in Need of a Tourniquet: A Borde...

Merri Lisa Johnson

An honest and compelling memoir, Girl in Need of a Tourniquet is Merri Lisa Johnson's account of her borderline personality disorder and how it has affected her life and relationships. Johnson describes the feeling of "bleeding o...

Published: May 2010

My Brother

Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid's incantatory, poetic, and often shockingly frank recounting of her brother Devon Drew's life is also the story of her family on the island of Antigua, a constellation centered on the powerful, sometimes threatening fi...

Published: Nov 1998

The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My...

Susan Orlean

The bestselling author of The Orchid Thief is back with this delightfully entertaining collection of her best and brightest profiles. Acclaimed New Yorker writer Susan Orlean brings her wry sensibility, exuberant voice, and peculiar c...

Published: Jan 2002


Robert B. Oxnam

The harrowing, insightful, and courageous account of a prominent man's struggle with multiple personalitiesRobert Oxnam was a high-profile, successful man: A renowned scholar and president of the Asia Society, he appeared frequently o...

Published: Oct 2006

The History of Mary Prince

Mary Prince

After enduring years of cruelty and abuse at the hands of several families who successively owned her in Bermuda and the West Indies, Mary Prince traveled to London in 1828, in the service of the Woods family. There she was granted he...

Published: Feb 2001

Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivo...

Piers Paul Read

On October 12, 1972, a plane carrying a team of young rugby players crashed into the remote, snow-peaked Andes. Out of the forty-five original passengers and crew, only sixteen made it off the mountain alive. For ten excruciating week...

Published: Dec 2002

Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery from ...

Rachel Reiland

Borderline Personality Disorder. 'What the hell was that?' raged Rachel Reiland when she read the diagnosis written in her medical chart. As the 29-year old accountant, wife, and mother of young children would soon discover, it was th...

Published: Jan 2004

Lighting Up: How I Stopped Smoking, D...

Susan Shapiro

In the critically acclaimed Five Men Who Broke My Heart, Manhattan journalist Susan Shapiro revisited five self-destructive romances. In her hilarious, illuminating new memoir, Lighting Up, she rejects five self-destructive substance...

Published: Dec 2005

Down These Mean Streets

Piri Thomas

Thirty years ago Piri Thomas made literary history with this lacerating, lyrical memoir of his coming of age on the streets of Spanish Harlem. Here was the testament of a born outsider: a Puerto Rican in English-speaking America; a da...

Published: Nov 1997
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